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The Savannah Chamber Weekly Digest
Everything You Need to Know From the Chamber

April 24, 2023

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce


Ensuring Economic Opportunity Spreads Throughout the Business Community is the Focus of the Savannah Chamber

“How do you like Savannah so far?”

What a welcoming question to hear over and over around town as I meet new folks in my first few months here. “What’s not to like,” has been my friendly way of answering that question. “I mean, look around us.”

Savannah has always had incredible natural beauty, meaningful history, and cultural importance that no other Georgia city can match. Combine those with what's happening here today like our explosive economic growth, dynamic civic involvement opportunities, and world-class outdoor activities – that is a recipe that makes for a quality of life that is the envy of virtually every friend I have living in other parts of the state.

But it's also true that we have significant challenges, and as it has for the past 216 years, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce will stand shoulder to shoulder with leaders willing to serve at the forefront of addressing those challenges.

Large-scale public and private investments around the region mean even more growth will follow, which will continue to strain our infrastructure – roads, water/sewer, and just about every other public service provided by our city and county governments. The Chamber's staff and volunteer leadership have been and will continue to be on the front lines in these discussions. Our leaders must continue to invest in infrastructure improvements, and our members will support those that place these investments at the top of their priorities.

We are also facing a workforce shortage that demands our full support of our K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions. In particular, our graduates must have transferable skills that fit today’s workplace, especially in careers that are in high demand in the region. Our members already feel this workforce pinch every single day. A new school superintendent search is underway, and we congratulate Dr. Ann Levett on her service to Chatham County students and families. The Chamber will actively support our school board as they make this critical decision for our region's future.

And once these students find their career, ensuring the region has a growing supply of housing that enables our police officers, firefighters, and manufacturing workers to afford to live where they serve will continue to be one of our top priorities. There has been progress on this at both the state and local levels, but much more needs to be done.

Our community must focus on our homeless population with empathy and concern while also addressing the illegal behaviors exhibited by some of the unhoused. The strategic improvements made to the public and non-profit support services in town are huge steps forward. Our Chamber will continue to champion the work being done by these incredible leaders. Especially in the downtown area, business owners experience real impacts because of illegal activity that hurts their ability to be successful. We should commit to building a public safety system that protects our businesses, residents and visitors, while also helping those in need.

I hope Savannahians never take for granted how special it is to live here. The challenges we face are not unique to Coastal Georgia, and we have the capacity to address them all. The Savannah Area Chamber will continue to serve as a key voice for business, working to ensure the economic opportunity coming to our region spreads throughout our business community. Savannah has a remarkable history – let's all commit to ensuring our future is even better.


Spring Fiesta at Great Oaks Bank | Wednesday, May 4

Chamber members and their guests are invited to enjoy an evening of great networking at Great Oaks Bank’s newest location on Hodgson Memorial Drive. Chamber members are in for a fiesta of live music, tacos, and refreshments as they connect with local professionals and entrepreneurs.

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Speed Networking at Victory North | Tuesday, May 9

Join the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce for a speed networking luncheon at Victory North this May. Each attendee will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their company to Chamber members at their table. 

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More Networking
2023 Georgia Power Sports Awards Luncheon
Business on the Move at Outside Savannah
wedneSDAY, MAY 17
Coffee Chats at Mia Madison Properties
2023 Savannah's Salute: Military Appreciation Luncheon


Augusta University Students Feel College-Ready After Professional Trip to Savannah

Students from Augusta University visited Savannah to learn more about career readiness and talk to business professionals about what it takes for success. Before making the trip, the thirteen students completed a survey reporting how prepared they felt in transitioning from college to career. 

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Sponsorships and Team Registrations Now Available for 2023 Chamber Cup

The annual Chamber Cup will tee off on Thursday, November 9, 2023. The event will be hosted at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. All proceeds from the event will benefit Leadership Savannah and the Ed Feiler, Jr. Scholarship Fund.

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Visit Savannah Thanks Fear the Walking Dead Production Team

The Visit Savannah tour and entertainment team helped celebrate the “wrap” of the AMC Network show Fear the Walking Dead. Anjuli King, Visit Savannah’s director of domestic group tour and entertainment sales, thanked production manager Jen Wall and crew for their 13-month stay in Savannah. The production contributed more than 10K hotel room nights to Savannah’s tourism economy.  

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Chamber's Communication Manager Attends SCAD Day 2023

Last week, Savannah College of Art and Design hosted its springtime SCAD-Day and cordially invited community members to join the fun. Tanvi Chauhan, the Chamber’s Public Relations Manager, attended the event to learn more about the immersive event that provides prospective students, their families, and other visitors a unique opportunity to explore the university.

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The Creative Coast's Business Pitch Competition Applications Open Through April 30, 2023

The Creative Coast has announced the return of its annual FastPitch event, which will take place on May 24, 2023, from 4 pm – 6 pm at Service Brewing. The business pitch competition provides a platform for promising entrepreneurs starting new businesses or growing existing ones to each make a 5-minute pitch of their ventures in front of a live audience, including investors, for the chance to win from a $10k cash prize pool.

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Visit Savannah Presents on LinkedIn Best Practices

Visit Savannah’s Director of Content Marketing, Pamela Knowles, presented to the Visit Savannah Board of Directors about LinkedIn strategy and best practices. Read more to access the presentation. 

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Visitor Center on MLK Promotes Local Goodies

The gift shop at the Main Visitor Center at MLK recently hosted a small sauce exhibition to showcase various delicious sauces and jams from the Savannah Sauce Company. Savannah Sauce Company’s new customer experience manager, Karen Ruja, took advantage of the opportunity to promote some of their products last Saturday at the visitor center.

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Visit Savannah Hosts Laurie Werner, Contributing Editor of Forbes Magazine

After a decade's hiatus, Laurie Werner, contributing editor of Forbes Magazine, returned to Savannah. She was keen on exploring Savannah's new entertainment districts, refreshing her impression of our ever-evolving city, and offering a gastronomic update for her readers. 

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Welcome our newest members and remember to do business with your fellow Chamber members!

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Thank you to these members for their continued support through their membership.

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Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events, and join us in congratulating the below members who recently hosted a celebration!

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